The Russian military training West-2017 in Belarus that is planned for September can become the security threat for any country of Eastern Europe. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak reported this at Facebook.
‘Ukraine and the world have the common view on the possible perspectives of the holding of the Russian military training. The forthcoming West-2017 training is extremely powerful. It can be used to begin the aggression not only against Ukraine but against any country of Europe that has the joint border with Russia. We will react adequately on the holding of this training’, Poltorak noted.
The joint training of Russia and Belarus West-2017 is planned for September 2017. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleskandr Turchynov claimed that the training can be the preparation for the offensive operation. Later, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko assured the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko that West-2017 will not become the preparation for the invasion of Ukraine.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov claimed that Russia has no intentions to occupy Belarus on the pretext of the holding of the military training.
The joint anti-terrorist training Slavonic Brotherhood-2017 took place near Brest on June 6. The detachments of the Airborne Forces of Russia, special operations forces of Belarus and Serbia took part in the training.